“Stepping up the Pace” on HIV

Young people from key populations taking part in Youth LEAD workshops to discuss HIV issues affecting them.
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17 July 2014 -- The biennial International AIDS Conference takes place in Melbourne, Australia, 20-25 July 2014. At the conference, WHO will release a progress report on HIV treatment and other health sector interventions. The Organization has also recently highlighted ways to improve provision of HIV services for key groups. These feature stories highlight some of the issues key populations face.

Fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

WHO and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) experts respond to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.
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21 July 2014 -- National health authorities, WHO and partners are working around the clock to contain the Ebola outbreak affecting eastern Sierra Leone. The vast geographical spread of the outbreak requires an enormous and robust response. Finding and treating all Ebola patients and then tracing and observing the close contacts of those people over a period of 21 days to ensure they have not been infected is a key to halt the chain of transmission.

People most at risk of HIV are not getting the health services they need

A mosaic of images representing the key populations for HIV services, men who have sex with men, people in prisons, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people.
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11 July 2014 -- Key populations such as men who have sex with men, people in prisons, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people, are most at risk of HIV yet are least likely to access HIV prevention, testing and treatment services. In many countries they are left out of national HIV plans, and discriminatory laws and policies are major barriers to access. WHO issues new recommendations for countries on health services and policy changes to turn the situation around.

Life after Ebola has new meaning for two survivors helping others

Women's associations help to disseminate key messages on Ebola in Conakry and also raise funds for the outbreak response
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18 July 2014 -- Mohamed and Zena are two survivors of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea who have taken on a new role as informal 'Ebola Ambassadors', working with community groups to show that the disease can be prevented if people take recommended precautions. Their experience is vivid and telling, and their work is helping to shine a different light on the disease.

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